Thursday, October 20, 2011

linux distros to try if you hate ubuntu 11.10 with unity

Ubuntu with unity is totally messed up and just does not work for me . So i am on the look out for some minimalist solutions

1. Lubuntu 576 MB
Lubuntu is a lightweight Linux operating system based on Ubuntu but using the LXDE desktop environment in place of Ubuntu's Unity shell and GNOME desktop

Quick links for direct Downloads of the latest version:
PC (Intel x86) desktop CD | Torrent

2.  Linux: Mageia 1  686 MB
Mageia | A New Linux Distribution

has had good reviews and i like the clean interface
Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux formed in September 2010

3 . Opensuse 4.3 GB (Need a fast connection to download)
 To download
you can choose from direct or bittorrent.

Negatives :-
1) during install open suse does not give you the option to choose the boot folder . It also over writes the boot loader making the other installs un-usable .
2) Its text editor kwrite is not as good as the ubuntu Gedit
3) Other partitions become unusable after its install and opensuse does not have write access to those partitions

Development focuses on simplicity, minimalism, and code elegance.

5. For linux experts backtrack linux is the best (least bloatware ) and most secure.

other ones to try
NetSecL is a hardened,live and installable OS based on OpenSuse suitable for Desktop/Server
IPFire is a server distribution with intended to use as a firewall. It focuses on flexibility, and scales from small to middle sized business networks and home networks.


  1. Ubuntu 11.10 or how to make the good bad.
    I love Ubuntu until 10.10. With 11.10 it looks like they wanted something resembling OS X, but they came up with something that is far from being like OS X and far from being Ubuntu 10.10.
    Some quick observations:
    - The Unity bar is too big, too static and not customizable at all.
    - It is really cumbersome to run any application that is not in the Unity bar. There are no menus at all. The only thing you can do is browse a big list of applications after going through 3 screens from the Dash home
    - Just opening more than one file explorer window is really difficult, and once you have done that, if you have minimized the windows, you don't know either how many are open and how to select the one you want to restore.
    - And more and more nuances ....

  2. I hate Ubuntu 11.10.
    I'm going to uninstall it and reinstall Ubuntu 10.10.